Melting Stones by Tamora PierceMelting Stones by Tamora Pierce

Melting Stones

byTamora Pierce

Paperback | August 1, 2010

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This new novel from New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce returns to the world of the Circle Opens quartet. This time, Evvy, a street urchin turned stone mage, must save an island nation.

Four years have passed since Evvy left the streets of Chammur to begin her training as a stone mage. At fourteen, she's unhappy to be on a new journey with her mentor, prickly green mage Rosethorn, who has been called to the Battle Islands to determine why the plants and animals there are dying. Evvy's job is to listen and learn, but she can't just keep quiet and do nothing. With the help of Luvo, the living stone heart of a mountain, Evvy uncovers an important clue. Now, with the island on the brink of disaster, it's up to Evvy to avert the destruction that looms ahead.

TAMORA PIERCE is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, including the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets, The Will of the Empress, Melting Stones, and, most recently, the New York Times bestselling Beka Cooper trilogy. She lives in New York State with her husband, Tim, and her seven cats and two birds. V...
Title:Melting StonesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.02 × 5.26 × 0.61 inPublished:August 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545052653

ISBN - 13:9780545052658

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good This was not my favourite in the series, but it was still good. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I always love Tamora Pierce novels, and the various adventures I go on when I read them. This is a great addition to her corpus!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Granite! Tamora has wonderful, well rounded characters that are people I would love to become best friends with. I was a rock hound when I was younger so I could get right in character enjoying the little bits of info on different types of rocks and their magical abilities. All Tamora's books and characters are fantastic with intense and imaginative adventures, believable and moral characters, and great suspense that leave you guessing till the last chapter. I look for her books and wait for her new ones even though I am not a teen. Tamora, you are gifted! Thank you for the many hours of pleasure you have given me.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brings Back Great Memories Evvy is a young mage who does not like people. Now rocks - solid, dependable rocks - and Luvo, the heart of a mountain, are her real friends. People use you, especially mages, so that they can get what they want, before throwing you away. And so Evvy must make a choice: Will she be a destroyer or a builder? I'm probably a bit too biased in this review, since I grew up on Tamora Pierce's books, so there's a lot of nostalgic value for me. However, I still think Tamora Pierce did a great job with this book. Evvy, the main character, is developed well and really grows as a character by the end of the book. The side characters are lively, have great personalities, and bounce off of each other in a very natural way. The plot is great, paced very well, and gives you a true sense of danger and excitement. Another thing I like to point out is that it's been a very, very long time since I last read anything in the Winding Circle series, so my memory was a bit fuzzy going into the book. Tamora Pierce made it very easy for me to ease into the book's world. The important things that make up Evvy's character and the world she lives in are explained to me without sounding like exposition. It's very natural and doesn't get too long-winded, and instead of leaving me behind - which Tamora Pierce easily could've done - there's some gentle hand-holding before I'm left on my own. This was a great book. Now I really want to go back and re-read the series ^_^
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anyone Else a Little Disappointed? For years I have avidly followed Tamora PIerce's work -- her writing is refreshing in a sea of overly busty, lovely fantasy heroines. Her heroines -- or "she"roes -- have always been fierce, bright and brave. Her plotline has always been riveting, interesting and lively; however, with this latest work, I found myself, well, a little bored. I guess I had high expectations and was more than just a little let down by Pierce's latest offering. After years between books, I was expecting so much more than just a rather bland story about Evvy's journey with Rosethorne. I wanted more spice, to see Evvy grow up to be more mature, but instead I thought I was trapped in a bubble, or stuck in limbo. Is it just me? A solid work by Tamora Pierce, but after all these years, I was expecting something with a bit more punch.
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great adventure for any fantasy lover I was so excited to see this addition to Pierce's body of works. This follow up to "The Will of the Empress" was unexpected and welcome as "The Will of the Empress" seemed to be one of her stand alone novels. You don't have to read it first to enjoy and understand this story, as it follows the story of Evvy, instead of Daja, Briar, Tris and Sandry. Evvy is a young refugee street kid brought back to the Winding Circle by Briar and Rosethorn. Traumatized by her experiences as a slave, then street kid and from the war, Evvy is a tough girl who doesn't like people much, or to be touched. A young and uniquely talented Stone Mage, just coming into an understanding of her powers. She's accompanied by Luvo, the heart of a mountain, that appears like a little stone man. Both her adviser and friend, he finds he can learn from her too. Evvy is accompanying Rosethorn on a mission to find out why plants are suddenly dying, and water is turning acidic on a small island. She hates to travel by water, cut off from the power of stones, but Rosethorn is insistent Evvy come along. Because Evvy got into trouble in the Circle, the journey is both a punishment and for her experience. Evvy must learn to control her talent, to get along with strangers and control her suspicious regard of human nature based on her traumatic past. A gripping adventure that I could only put down when I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore! Pierce knows how to write a compelling story. This is definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2008-10-24

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Melting Stones "Fans old and new are going to love Evvy''s adventures... whether or not they have read the other Circle books." - Voice of Youth Advocates "This suspenseful tale is lit up with magic." &mdassh; Kirkus Reviews